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Senior Web Designer Salary

Senior Web Designers in the United States take home an average $66K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Web Designers approaches anywhere from $45K on the lower end to $96K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $9K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Senior Web Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Male Senior Web Designers who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (61 percent) are men. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,241 - $90,466
(Median)
$44K
$66K
$90K
MEDIAN: $65,840
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$19.17 - $59.18
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$44,241 - $90,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
Profit Sharing
$967 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,749 - $96,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 793
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.17 - $59.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$27.28 - $58.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$967 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,749 - $96,242  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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Job Description for Senior Web Designer

A senior web designer is responsible for designing and implementing websites for one or more companies. Depending on the size and structure of their firm, the "senior" designation may refer to either how long they have been employed by their firm or their position relative to other designers; a senior web designer may be a leader for a team of designers as well.

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Senior Web Designer Tasks

  • Ensure creative elements are inline with brand requirements.
  • Interprets creative "look" of each promotion and builds, develops layouts of those materials assigned.
  • Conceptualize, create, develop, design and produce web promotions using graphics design software.

Common Career Paths for Senior Web Designer


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For Senior Web Designers, progressing to a Senior User Experience Designer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior User Experience Designer can earn $102K annually. Career advancement for the typical Senior Web Designer often leads to becoming a Creative Director or a Web Art Director; median salaries in these positions are $15K higher and $2K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Web Designer


Senior Web Designers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Flash, User Interface Design, Microsoft Word, and Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like PHP, Dreamweaver, and HTML5. Most people skilled in Cascading Style Sheets are similarly competent in Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Web Designer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Senior Web Designers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $61K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $67K. Senior Web Designers see a median salary of $73K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $87K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Web Designers, 33 percent higher than the national average. Senior Web Designers will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+26 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Cincinnati. Dallas and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Web Designer Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Senior Web Designer Salaries

Flash
up arrow 11%


Design
up arrow 4%

JavaScript
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Graphic Design
up arrow 3%

Adobe Illustrator
up arrow 2%

Adobe Photoshop
0%

National Average
$67,000

Web Design
up arrow 1%

Web Development
up arrow 2%

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
up arrow 3%

up arrow 5%

up arrow 6%

Dreamweaver
up arrow 7%

PHP
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 166 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
46%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%